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    Re: How Long do your J74Strings last?

    I’m blessed to have several instruments that I play, and, though I rotate through the them, all two mandolins and one guitar get the most play, and at least one of the mandos gets played daily. I...
  2. Re: What are some good "Guitar Body Octave Mandolin makers out th

    Wow, Pete, that back is killer!!!
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    Realize this is an old thread, but I’ll add Northfield and Girouard to the list.

    Jim, I call them all GBOMs, but specify whether arch or flat topped (Pono and, I think, Northfield are doing some...
  4. Thread: Heiden Heritage

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    Re: Heiden Heritage

    Wow...congrats!!
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    Re: Well guys/gals, time to eat my hat...

    Glad it worked out for you! Enjoy!!
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    Re: Some variations on the Sorensen Sprite Two-Point

    “You’re killing me, Smalls!”
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    Re: New Eastman Factory Videos.

    They have a very impressive set up and pretty massive production. I didn't realize they were into brass/woodwinds, too...
  8. Thread: Lamb Mandolins

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    Re: Lamb Mandolins

    No experience with Lamb mandolins, sorry, but I'm a fan of supporting independent luthiers. That said, I played Weber, Northfield, and Pava F styles at TME a couple of Augusts ago. I remember all...
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    Re: Is my new mando trash?

    Agree with trying out some different strings/picks, etc, and would play it hard for a few days. Especially if it's new you may notice an improvement with some play. My Kelley (which I realize is a...
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    Re: Fender Tenor Tele Hard Case/Gig Bag

    If you have to check, definitely go with a hard case. My Reunion Blues gig bag is about as beefy as I’ve seen, and I wouldn’t trust it with airline baggage. Feel similarly about a Travelite I used to...
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    Re: Open right hand to closed fist transition help

    Optimally, go slowly and play with a floating hand. I’ve been working on that with mando and guitar, and it’s awkward at first. Not quite as bad as trying to write with your non-dominant hand, but...
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    Re: Can a Luthier fix this?

    I glued mine back on when that happened to my old Kentucky 675-S, but there was still some binding intact that made clamping it much easier. And, I didn’t care about the glue line showing. If you...
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    Re: Larger frets for 1920 Gibson A-4

    Agree. Make it comfortable for you. Shouldn’t affect the value, IMO.
  14. Thread: Builder or Company

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    Re: Builder or Company

    I had a similar experience, Dave, with my Silverangel, but the dealer (whom I like and with whom I still do business) is primarily a guitar and banjo shop. They would consign it, but basically said...
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    Re: The Myth of Perfection

    Tone and playability/feel are the key elements for me, and the aesthetics are nice to have, but secondary. My first “good” mandolin was my 2009 Silverangel Econo, which played/sounded great. It was...
  16. Thread: Builder or Company

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    Re: Builder or Company

    Pomeroy, Silverangel, Ratliff, and Morris are all great considerations. You could also message other builders and ask what they could do for you given current conditions...ie, there may (or may not)...
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    Re: RIP Billy Joe Shaver

    Well, damn...
  18. Re: The merciless camera (recording ourselves as a reality check)

    Forcing a smile will create as much tension as whatever else you’re doing. A relaxed smile (cuz, hey, music is fun!) has helped me. Also, watch some early Chris Thile videos on YouTube. You’ll feel...
  19. Thread: Trading

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    Re: Trading

    I’ve only traded once, with another cafe member. He initially put up a want ad for an OM, but took it down pretty quickly, replacing it with a ad selling a Collings MT. I had a Weber Hyalite with a...
  20. Re: The merciless camera (recording ourselves as a reality check)

    I played at a family member's wedding years ago and in one of the pics realized that I get a pre-snap linebacker look of intensity when I'm concentrating. I still do it occasionally, but have worked...
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    Re: String suggestions for flat tops

    I used A250 or D’Addairio J62s, depending on availability. Same gauges, and both good string sets...
  22. Re: Carbon Fiber Builder wants our input on a Carbon Fiber Mandol

    So, now you’ve got me very, very interested!
  23. Re: Carbon Fiber Builder wants our input on a Carbon Fiber Mandol

    Jim, I don't think a CF mandolin should be inherently less expensive to build (and possibly more expensive, at least initially from what I've read on threads through the years), I just haven't played...
  24. Thread: Troublesome Creek

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    Re: Troublesome Creek

    They look nice! Always cool to have high quality options!
  25. Re: Carbon Fiber Builder wants our input on a Carbon Fiber Mandol

    Jeff,

    The beauty of these instruments, for me, is their "impervious to the elements" design. I don't want to take my Kelley or my Rigel camping in the summer or when temps start dipping low,...
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